Through March 10
This premier winter music festival features the nation’s top classical, Broadway, chamber and jazz artists. Highlights include We’ve Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered, March 2; Mavis Staples, March 6; and Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra, March 10. Call for times, ticket prices and Carefree and Scottsdale venues, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457.
Through March 23
Out to Lunch (FREE)
Picnic baskets and lunch bags are encouraged as local artists perform in a garden setting. Th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Touring in support of its new album, Revolution Radio, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award-winning band is known for such hits as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Basket Case” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” 7:30 p.m. $24.75-$64.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Size Matters! (FREE)
ASU Wind and Percussion Ensemble break into some uncommon chamber group combinations with a focus on instruments of unusual size. 7:30 p.m. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Arizona Wind Symphony
The 95-piece concert band presents The Times They Are A-Changin’. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, arizonawindsymphony.org, 480-350-2822.
The music icon established himself as a singer and songwriter with such hits as “Lonely Boy,” “Diana,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “(You’re) Having My Baby,” and also penned “My Way” for Frank Sinatra and “She’s a Lady” for Tom Jones. 7:30 p.m. $55-$125. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered
Marty Province, Dave Dumas and Sharron Owen take fans back to the heyday of folk music with such hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane,” “Puff” and “If I Had a Hammer.” 7:30 p.m. $21-$42. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
Sybarite 5: Outliers
From Mozart to Radiohead, this string quintet’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Center Dance Ensemble performs sensual and emotional stories that take a fascinating look at the depth of love. Call for times. $6-$28. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this concert series, which features unusual combinations of instruments along with the core repertoire of quartets, trios and duos. Some of the events include wine, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Call for times, ticket prices and Valley locations, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
One Night of Queen
Gary Mullen and The Works brings the legendary band to life with such hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Killer Queen,” “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” 8 p.m. $35-$45. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
The legendary singer and songwriter presents an acoustic show with her longtime collaborator. The concert includes new material and hit songs from her vast repertoire spanning 15 albums. 7:30 p.m. $65-$75. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Coro y Guitarra
The romantic fervor of Spanish and Latin song fills the air as Phoenix Chorale performs with guitar accompaniment. F, American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Sa, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; and Su, Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. 7:30 p.m. $32, adults; $27, seniors and military; $13, students, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
This nonprofit music fest benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers. This year’s lineup includes Flum, The Shins, Grouplove, Chromeo, Gov’t Mule and Lettuce. Call for times and ticket prices. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, mmmf.com, 602-343-0453.
The Phoenix Symphony
Conductor Tito Muñoz leads the audience on a musical journey across two centuries, with music by Mendelssohn, Finzi and Cerrone. Th, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; F, 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; and Su, 2 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The iconic rock band brings its This House is Not for Sale Tour to the Valley, celebrating its immense catalog of anthems, fan favorites and new hits. 7:30 p.m. $15-$548. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band is sure to perform such hits as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird” and “Gimme Three Steps” as headliner of the Good Life Festival. Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. Noon-7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Encanterra, 36460 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.
Music of Led Zeppelin
Amplified by a full rock band, The Phoenix Symphony captures Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, in classic tunes such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.” Brent Havens is conductor. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The eclectic and energetic California natives are known for such catchy, guitar-driven songs as “Look Around,” “Give It Away,” “Around the World” and “Californication.” 8 p.m. $49-$99. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The singer/songwriter has released 15 albums of songs that have earned four Grammy Awards, as well as 21 Top 40 hits. Among the favorites are “Seven Year Ache,” “Runaway Train” and “Sea of Heartbreak.” 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Celtic Journey
Sonoran Desert Chorale presents the Arizona premiere of Irish-American composer Ben Allaway’s Heaven and Earth: Mass on the Celtic Journey, which weaves together folk music of the British Isles with traditional music of the Anglican church. Sa, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. $18, adults; $15, seniors and students, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.
Pinnacle Concert Series
Concordia Choir performs, March 4; The Four Freshmen, March 10; and pianist Mark Hayes with vocalist Stephanie Ann Ball, March 24. 7:30 p.m. $25-$45, adults; free, students. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-585-9448.
MusicaNova Flute Ensemble (FREE)
Four members of the company’s flute section perform with pianist Jeremy Peterman. 3 p.m. Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
One of the renowned big bands of the 1940s’ swing era takes guests on a sentimental journey with Dorsey’s signature repertoire of unforgettable dances tunes and warm sentimental ballads. 3 p.m. $37-$47. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Ten opera singers perform with the Phoenix Opera Orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Massaro. 2 p.m. $20. Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixopera.org, 866-OPERA4U.
Chicago Jazz Jamboree
Jazz in AZ hosts this spirited show featuring several Valley artists with Windy City roots, including pianist/vocalists Danny Long and Judy Roberts. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett
Two newly married Broadway veterans bring to life the greatest songs birthed from the greatest marriages in This is Dedicated: Music’s Greatest Marriages. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Inducted this year into the Western Music Hall of Fame as its newest living member, the award-winning cowboy entertainer shares music, stories and humor about living and working in the West. 7:30 p.m. $22-$28. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Gold Canyon Arts Council welcomes the Fitzgerald family band from Canada for an evening of high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing. The show combines a variety of musical styles, including traditional jigs, reels, bluegrass, Celtic, gospel, jazz, swing and special choreographed routines. 7:30 p.m. $25, advance; $30, at the door; students, $5. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 E. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, gcac1.com, 480-983-2171.
Ramsey Lewis Quartet
The legendary jazz pianist and his quartet perform an array of classics from “The In Crowd” to “Hang on Sloopy.” 7:30 p.m. $45-$55. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony, with Caroline Goulding featured on violin. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
An Evening with Art Garfunkel
The legendary singer/songwriter performs solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters. 7:30 p.m. $54-$84. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Violinist Jennifer Koh performs alongside Russia’s oldest orchestra. 8 p.m. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Young Artists Competition
Herberger Theater Center hosts this scholarship competition that showcases the talents of artists ages 15-19 in acting, dance and voice. 7 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, azyoungartistscompetition.org, 602-254-7399.
A Little Bit O’ Ireland
Celtica Ensemble and several Irish dancers and musicians share the stage. 4 p.m. $25. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, ctlcarefree.org, 480-488-2081.
West Valley Symphony
Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the orchestra in Great Music Themes from the Movies, including scores from Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Star Trek, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma, as well as “Lara’s Theme” from Doctor Zhivago. 3 p.m. $30-$35, adults; $15-$20, children 17 and younger. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, westvalleysymphony.org, 623-707-8844.
In My Life – A Musical Tribute to the Beatles is a smash-hit musical biography of the band as seen through the eyes of their late manager Brian Epstein, who serves as narrator to renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as they perform 33 of the group’s classic hits. Su, 7 p.m., $46-$75, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497; and M, 7:30 p.m., $38-$40, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Partners in music and life, the husband-and-wife banjo players are known for their divergent areas of specialty, creating music that is both unique yet familiar in texture. 7:30 p.m. $39-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Known for its gravity-defying acrobatics, wit and outrageous and surrealistic sets, the dance troupe explores the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment in Architecture in Motion. Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 8 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Pops Goes to Hollywood
The Phoenix Symphony takes fans to the movies with Hollywood favorites from Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Forrest Gump, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean. Carl Topilow is guest conductor. Th, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 4 p.m., call for ticket prices, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Movement Source Dance Co.
The company takes guests on a journey through seven original dances that inspire one to breathe in each moment and cherish the present, because it is all we have. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $12. The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, movementsourcedancecompany.org, 602-957-6561.
AZ Swing Kings Orchestra
The 18-piece big band presents The Great American Songbook and All That Jazz. 7 p.m. $15. Ventana Lakes Yacht Club, 10874 W. Chino Dr., Sun City, azswingkings.com, 623-566-6001.
Smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music worldwide while generating international acclaim and controversy unprecedented in his field, Carpenter makes his Scottsdale debut in All You Need is Bach. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The Doo Wop Project
Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the show traces the evolution of doo-wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. 7:30 p.m. $28-$42. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Performing with pianist Vanessa Perez, the British violinist honors his mentor, friend and colleague, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), one of the great violinists of the 20th century. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
NASA images and videos are projected above the stage as guest conductor Carl Topilow and The Phoenix Symphony present such classical favorites as Holst’s “The Planets” and popular hits from space movies, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13 and Star Trek. 1 p.m., with an instrument petting zoo and other activities beginning at noon. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
March 19, 26
Pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head in a battle of dueling pianos, treating the audience to a variety of classical pieces by such composers as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. March 19, 3 p.m., $28-$44, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680; and March 26, 7:30 p.m., $35-$45, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Steel & Guts (FREE)
ASU students Tang Tee Tong, violin, and Wong Yun Qui, piano, make up this newly established duo of petite but fiercely passionate Singaporean musicians. 10 a.m. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
The Quebe Sisters
Singing three-part harmonies with vintage flair, this trio of talented sisters combines the nostalgia of Americana with a modern take on Western swing. 7:30 p.m. $25-$32. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett
The Grammy Award-winning artists perform together and separately, providing their own accompaniment. “Just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs,” says Gill. 7:30 p.m. $56-$86. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
This Ballet Arizona performance features choreography that pushes the boundaries of classical ballet. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Ambassadors of brass, this talented family of musicians features seven brothers from an extraordinary family from the south side of Chicago. 7:30 p.m. $32-$48. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in the composer’s deathbed composition. F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Find a Heart
The Denise Donatelli Quartet shares jazz renditions of love songs by the vocalist’s favorite contemporary composers. 7:30 p.m. $35. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
Mary Wilson of The Supremes stars in Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne. A defining portrait of an American icon, the show combines song, narration and video to celebrate a triumphant but embattled star who changed history. 7:30 p.m. $32-$48. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Young Artist Concert
MusicaNova welcomes teen-age flutist Barrett Yueh and pianist Vivian Zhao. 4 p.m. $10-$15. Arizona Piano Company, 4134 E. Wood St., Phoenix, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
Game of Thrones
Using state-of-the-art technology, composer Ramin Djawadi takes fans of the HBO fantasy hit show on a musical journey through the Seven Kingdoms. The immersive music and visual experience features a full orchestra, choir and video from the TV series. 8 p.m. $34.75-$94.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Scottsdale Philharmonic (FREE)
With a mission of making classical music available to audiences of all ages, the nonprofit orchestra performs music of Brahms, Schumann and Mozart. 4 p.m. VIP seating available for $15. Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalephilharmonic.com, 480-951-6077.
Fans will be singing along to such hits as “Record Year,” “Springsteen,” “Kill a Word,” “Drink in My Hand” and “Smoke a Little Smoke” as the country artist brings his aptly named Holdin’ My Own Tour to Phoenix, performing two full sets with an intermission in between. 8 p.m. $22.25-$89. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan joins the chamber orchestra, which is renowned for its polished and refined sound rooted in outstanding musicianship. 7:30 p.m. $49-$89. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
ASU African Drum Ensemble
Zach Paris directs the ensemble on a journey of drumming and folklore through West Africa. 10:30 a.m. Call for ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Dan + Shay
The duo composed of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney is known for such country hits as “19 You + Me,” “Nothin’ Like You,” “From the Ground Up” and “Show You Off.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, livewireaz.com, 480-970-1112.
Panic at the Disco
The Las Vegas rock band brings its Death of a Bachelor tour to the Valley, with support from MisterWives and Saint Motel. 7 p.m. $24.75-$44.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Music of The Rolling Stones
Vocalist Brody Dolynluk and conductor Brent Havens share the stage with The Phoenix Symphony for a concert of such classic hits as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Start Me Up” and “Ruby Tuesday.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Combining both performance and commentary from the stage, the creator of NPR’s What Makes It Great? and guest pianist Eckart Sellheim delve into Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23, nicknamed “Appassionata.” 7:30 p.m. $38.50-$53.50. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.